• Executive Bios

  • Phil Horlock
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Phil Horlock

    Phil Horlock has been Blue Bird's President and CEO since April 2011. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Horlock served as Blue Bird's CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, starting in January 2010. Before joining Blue Bird, Mr. Horlock spent over 30 years with Ford Motor Company, where he held senior executive positions in Finance and Operations worldwide. His last three positions with Ford were Chairman & CEO of Ford Motor Land Development, Controller of Corporate Finance, and CFO Ford Asia Pacific & Africa. While at Ford, Mr. Horlock served on the Advisory Board of Mazda Motor Corporation and is currently a director on the board of LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ: LOJN). Mr. Horlock holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Mathematics from Sheffield University in England. He also completed the Ford Executive Development Program (Capstone) through the University of Michigan. Mr. Horlock has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the combined company because of his automotive and school bus industry experience and the results that he has achieved with Blue Bird during his tenure.

    John Kwapis
    Chief Operating Officer

    John Kwapis

    John Kwapis was appointed Blue Bird's Chief Operating Officer in January 2011. He joined Blue Bird as Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence in May 2010. Immediately prior to joining Blue Bird, Mr. Kwapis was Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain of Fisker Automotive, Inc. from 2008 to 2010 and Chief Technology Officer, Vice President and General Manager of Invensys Controls (a provider of automation and information technologies) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to these appointments, Mr. Kwapis held various executive positions at Johnson Controls and Accenture. During his career, Mr. Kwapis has held positions in manufacturing, supply chain, engineering, sales & marketing and business development. Mr. Kwapis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

    Phil Tighe
    Chief Financial Officer

    Phil Tighe

    Phil Tighe has been Blue Bird's Chief Financial Officer since March 2012. Before joining Blue Bird, Mr. Tighe worked for the Ford Motor Company for 36 years, holding a variety of positions that included financial control and strategic planning, both domestically and internationally, and has been stationed in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Immediately prior to joining Blue Bird, Mr. Tighe was based in Shanghai with Ford where he was Executive Director of Strategy and Business Planning from 2006 to 2011. His prior positions included Vice President, Finance and Planning Ford Asia Pacific & Africa, CFO Ford Mexico, CFO Mazda Europe and CFO Ford Venezuela. Mr. Tighe received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and his MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.

    Dale Wendell
    Chief Commercial Officer

    Dale Wendell

    Dale Wendell was appointed Blue Bird's Chief Commercial Officer in February 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wendell was Blue Bird's Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing from July 2011. Immediately prior to joining Blue Bird, Mr. Wendell worked as a consultant for Blue Bird, Automotive Broadcasting Network and Cox Enterprises from 2006 to 2011 and was Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Forest Health (a personal health company) from 2003 to 2005. Prior to this, Mr. Wendell worked for the Ford Motor Company for 28 years where he held several executive sales & marketing positions, including Vice President of Sales for Lincoln Mercury Division and Executive Director of Global Export Operations. Mr. Wendell has a Master's degree in economics from Western Michigan University and graduated from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business as part of the Ford Executive Education Program.

    Mike McCurdy
    Vice President of Human Resources/External Affairs

    Mike McCurdy

    Mike McCurdy was appointed Blue Bird's Vice President of Human Resources/External Affairs in 2011. Mr. McCurdy joined Blue Bird in 1999, and has held various leadership positions in Operations and Human Resources. In 2008, Mr. McCurdy was appointed Vice President of Human Resources and then in 2011 Mr. McCurdy assumed additional responsibilities for External Affairs, representing Blue Bird with local and state leaders in Georgia. Prior to joining Blue Bird, Mr. McCurdy was Director of Human Resources of AFP, Inc. (Associated Family Photographers) from 1994 to 1998 and held Human Resource and Operations leadership positions with Olan Mills Inc. (a photography company) from 1983 to 1994. Mr. McCurdy has a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

    Paul Yousif
    Vice President of Legal Affairs/Corporate Treasurer

    Paul Yousif

    Paul Yousif was appointed Vice President of Legal Affairs/Corporate Treasurer in 2011. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Yousif held the position of Corporate Treasurer since joining Blue Bird in 2007. Mr. Yousif's current role also includes managing Corporate Accounting, Tax, Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables. Immediately prior to joining Blue Bird, Mr. Yousif worked for Visteon (an automotive component manufacturer) from 2000-2007, holding various management positions including Manager of Global Materials Analysis and CFO of GCM-Visteon, LLC (a manufacturing joint venture between Nissan and Visteon). Mr. Yousif holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit and a Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Taxation from Wayne State University.